BY JEFF MAISEY
If you’ve traveled to Europe in late November through the New Year you know one of the best experiences to have is at a Christmas Market.
Christmas markets are set up in the open air in town squares or city centers throughout the Olde World, ranging from small Dutch towns like Gouda and Salzburg in Austria to big cities such as London, Prague, and the mostly dazzling of all, Nuremberg, Germany. Vendors are found in decorative stalls selling everything from holiday decorations, warm winter clothing and sweet treats to hot coffee and the local adult beverage of the holiday.
The Merchants of Colonial Williamsburg, led by the talented British-born Steve Rose, who owns Spoke & Art Provisions Co and who heads up Culturefix, will present the first-ever Williamsburg Christmas Market on Fridays through Sundays beginning December 4 through 20.
“The Williamsburg Christmas market is a concept that has been talked about for over 15 years,” said Rose. “The Christmas Market is modeled on a traditional European Christmas market.”
Approximately 20 vendor stalls with local merchandise will be sold, along with hot mulled wine, Precarious Beer Project brews, a stage with live performances, Santa for photo ops, and street performers.
The whole area will be decorated and lit to give a great wintry holiday feel. Warm Gluhwein and hot chocolate. Local artists will perform on the center stage and everything will be designed to meet social distancing measures.
Thanks to Steve Rose and the good merchants of Colonial Williamsburg, the Grinch will not make-off with Christmas after all, even if it is 2020.
Williamsburg Christmas Market
Dec 4, 5, 6, 11,12,13, 18,19 & 20
Saturday and Sunday 10am-8pm
LOCATION: Merchants Square/Colonial Williamsburg Parking Lots